Jun 18

Web 2.0 is one of the latest crazes running amuck on the internet. It is cropping up in web sites and the topics of conversations from web designers - to site engineers - to user interface deconstructionists. It is powerful and useful, and it is anything but new.

Normally when someone today talks about Web 2.0, what they are speaking about specifically is the use of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML or more commonly named AJAX. AJAX uses a blend of several web technologies that have been around for quite a while, but is now becoming a standard and methods are compliant across most popular and industry standard web browsers. You can use Web 2.0 applications in Internet Explorer, Netscape’s last browser, Fire Fox from Mozilla and even in Opera. (more…)

Apr 19

Not many people like to be told what to do. I sure don’t. And if someone is telling me how to do my job, I am am likely to become that much more defensive. So I understand if I ruffle a few feathers with the following ideas/tips/guidelines. Go ahead; cuss me and insult my heritage. If you can get past my absolute arrogance and actually consider these five ideas, you may be able to improve your websites or decrease your website maintenance workload. (more…)

Apr 2

As a web site developer and amateur search engine optimist (right?) I am fully aware of the importance and ultimate need of giving Google’s butt a big old sloppy kiss. Place one hand on each of Google’s large round O’s and dive right in. It is understandable why many people feel this way, and are slighted by facing the fact that Google is playing a major role in a large percentage of web surfers and researchers. (more…)

Mar 22

  • 1. Separate code from html

I mix. I do. When the project or web page is minimal it makes a lot of sense to have a small amount of code in the same file as the .html. But when the project starts to grow or requires lots of code it is time to separate my code from the .html. I feel strongly about this probably due to my type ‘A’ personality that has a distaste for messiness. But I also have two ‘reasonable’ reasons for giving this advice. (more…)

Mar 8
Widgets for Webmasters
March 8, 2007
Posted in: Site Management by CSS-Hoster

I used to hate widgets. Truth is, I think they are cheap little toys, on par with filling a room with dolls or figurines or anything else that might make an otherwise appropriate looking room appear to be a playground for subjects of a Law & Order SVU plot.

Feb 28
File Structure Fanatacism
February 28, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Site Management by D-Rex

Files. Billions of computer files. The entire computer world is composed of files. So are my websites. And your websites. All those files need to be organized. I’m going to share some of what I do and why. (more…)

Feb 19
The Pros and Cons of a CMS
February 19, 2007
Posted in: Webmastering, Site Management by D-Rex

The concept has been around since the mid 90’s. Functioning CMS systems followed within a year. By year 2000 even clients with small to mid-sized websites were inquiring. And now you can’t throw a digital stick without hitting at least one Content Management System. Some of the popular names include Joomla, PostNuke, Drupal, and many others. Today I would like to discuss some of the concepts of a CMS. This discussion is designed to help folks decide if a CMS is the correct solution and, if so, start the education process that will be needed to choose the correct package. (more…)